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Viewpoints

Trump Threatens Civilization

This election “is no longer about Donald Trump’s tweeting,” conservative historian Victor Davis Hanson told Fox News host Tucker Carlson the other night. Nor is it about “a lockdown, the virus, the economy (or) foreign policy. It’s an existential question ... and I’m going to vote ...

Separation Of Powers Is A Key Principle

Have you noticed that people from many states lately refer to what a governor permits? And have you noticed that many don’t even question the legality of such decrees? Let’s back up. A key principle in American constitutional law is the limited and enumerated powers of government: In ...

Baseball Is As Faded As Roy Rogers

These days, I save a quarter-hour of time by not checking the previous night’s baseball results each morning. That feels odd, vaguely like leaving the house without my car keys. In one sense, I am always troubled when I leave the house without my car keys. But in a closer-to-home ...

Computer Geek Worries About Parents

Arbed and Fred are a retired couple who were both involved in the helping profession for over 40-years. I took a call from one of their children, Jules, a self-described computer geek. He explained that he worried about his parents. They were residing in their family home, which they built 50 ...

Continuing On Learning About Ants

Ants are doubly annoying because the minute I started checking, they taught me how dreadfully ignorant I am. Definitely on the subject of ants. Unless you too are in the habit of picking one up to squash it (there are spots shoes don’t reach), you might not know they bite — and sting. ...

Divide And Conquer In Modern America

I’ve decided to create my own little autonomous zone at my house. I’m going to erect a chain link fence at the end of my driveway and the only people who are allowed through the gate are my mail lady, family members and people who agree with me about everything. And I mean absolutely ...

Enjoy The Summer Fun You Can

I think playgrounds are open but I am not sure. It has been awfully slow opening everything up around here. I know there are no programs this year, but I think parents can still take their children to the playground if they choose to. When I was growing up the playground played a significant ...

Taking A Look Into The Definition And Job Of A Father

Who takes on the arduous job of provider, protector, counselor, advisor, teacher, referee, arbitrator, disciplinarian, repairman, and many more roles that may pop up during his life? One answer is, of course, a father. We know how much mothers do for their children, and the many roles and ...

Stress Levels Remain High For Downtowns

Downtowns are nowhere near the hub of activity they were some four decades ago. Longtimers here have lamented that fact for many years. Brooklyn Square, a community gathering place for shopping and food filled with energy, was one of those casualties. In the 1970s, the federally supported ...

Write Your Obit? If You Don’t, They Will

I have definite views about obituaries. I have company. Some journalists, funeral directors and history buffs love to read obituaries of total strangers. We get more than information. Obituaries provide snapshots of bygone times: Graduations from long-closed schools, jobs at factories and ...

Key Needed To Open Up Lock

We met Bernie, a married man who reports a history of mental and emotional abuse from his wife. We’ve not met her, and, therefore, only have Bernie’s information. His wife, I understand only conceptually requested he seek therapy. Due to the immediacy of Bernie’s plight, treatment must ...

Cavalier Is Not The Same As Incorrect

Please imagine the sustained uproar — especially from those opposing President Trump, and particularly those in the press — if the president had said to black people not voting for him, “You ain’t black.” Now cut the word black, and substitute brown, red, yellow, or white. Please ...

The Essential Worker

On the eve of my junior year in high school, my mother returned to the job she’d held before she became pregnant with me, at age 19, and married my father, who was also 19. At age 36, Janey Schultz was once again a nurse’s aide at the public hospital in our small town of Ashtabula, Ohio. ...

After Events Now What?

No decent person can support George Floyd’s mistreatment, or the mistreatment of anyone else, at the hands of police officers with the sworn duty to uphold the law. The Minneapolis authorities moved quickly, and Derek Chauvin was fired from the Minneapolis police department, placed under ...

Will Churchill’s Statue Fall Next?

On Gen. George Washington’s orders, the Declaration of Independence, signed in Philadelphia, was read aloud to his army. On hearing it, the troops marched to Bowling Green, decapitated and pulled down the statue of George III, and sent the remnants to be melted down into musket balls. It ...

Some Things Do Matter After All

We thought it was a fixed feature of our new era. We thought that objective reality didn’t matter anymore, if it even existed at all. We thought we were so entrapped by our information silos that nothing could penetrate. “LOL. Nothing matters” ran the Twitter meme. What we’ve learned ...

Popular Projects: Frozen Figures Silently ‘Performing’

Last week, the Voice From The Bullpen delved into one of the more “popular with students” school projects, a wax museum which many students still talk about when they see, message or Facebook us. The “us” spoken of is Mrs. Bev Taylor, and myself, teaching partners early in both of our ...

Enjoy Summer In A COVID Kind Of World

Last week set the tone for early summer. My neighbor invited me over to sit under the shade with a friend of his and have a visit. If there were an award for social distancing, my neighbor would be a contender. He’s rightfully careful about maintaining the recommended six feet of ...

Looking Through The Bay Window, A Beautiful View

The view out of my bay window is particularly beautiful at this time of year. The rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. That means a mix of magenta and orange blossoms. That also means that the hummingbirds, swallowtail butterflies, and bumble bees are out in full force. What fun it is ...

With The Warmer, Nicer Days Come The Trails Of Ants

Given not especially much time, I suspect I could number other “banes” that bother. Biting cat, broken ice maker, snow in latest April and too much of May, and the list does go on. Still, my bane-of-the-month (no “club” required) is ants. Being furloughed at home day after day, I ...